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Middle-Lane Hogging - 1417/19

Date Responded 07 January 2020

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1. Please tell me for 2018/19, how many individuals were a) arrested, b) issued a fixed penalty notice and c) cautioned for 'middle-lane hogging' on three-lane motorways.

By 'middle-lane hogging', I mean people disregarding rule 264 of the Highway Code, which states: "You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slow-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past."

2. For the five most recent cases where 'middle-lane hogs' were arrested, issued a fixed penalty notice or cautioned, please tell me a) the speed at which they were travelling; b) what punishment they received; c) a verbatim copy of the MO codes, with all identifying information removed.

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Fixed Penalty Unit of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police. We have no three lane motorways in the force area.

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